The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, on which Emory President James W. Wagner serves as vice chair, delivered its synthetic biology report to U.S. President Barack Obama in December 2010. Emory hosted a commission meeting the previous month.
The panel continues to hold periodic meetings. For complete information, please visit the commission's website. Proceedings are webcast live and video archived at the government site, and a related blog is found at blog.bioethics.gov.
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Obama appointed the 13-member group, headed by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, to advise him on bioethical issues that may emerge from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The commission is charged with identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner.
"Ethical engagement with human issues arising at the frontiers of science is one of Emory's core commitments as an academic community," Wagner said. "Beyond our own campus, Atlanta is rich in distinguished colleges and universities as well as associated institutions like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Carter Center, the American Cancer Society, and many other agencies and groups."